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Talking Transplants

Posted Tuesday, September 4, 2007

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Next week, channel five newsman Jack Marschall will donate his kidney. It's not a huge deal--people donate their kidneys all the time. The thing is, Jack is donating to a complete stranger. We'll talk with Marschall about his reasons for donating and how it inspired his daughter to donate her kidney to her ailing uncle. Now, of course, none of this would be necessary were it not for a huge shortage of available organs and a correspondingly massive waiting list. We'll also be joined by a pair of surgeons who work on transplants every day. We'll find out why waiting lists are so long, how they work to prioritize the sick and dying and what could be done to alleviate the problem. You're invited to join us with your questions. Tuesday morning at nine.


Health, Children's Health, Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion


Jack Marschall, kidney donor
Lauren Marschall, kidney donor
Dr. John Fung, MD, PhD, chairman of surgery and director of the transplantation center at The Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Mark Aeder, MD, Surgical Director, Transplant Team, University Hospitals

Additional Information

United Network for Organ Sharing
Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center
University Hospitals Transplant Services
Paired Donation Network
Read about the risks live donors face when they donate an organ.
Information about becoming a donor

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